FAIR GROVE, Mo. A young woman speaks out for the first time about her mother's murder.
Investigators say Jennifer McDaris was shot in the head by her live-in boyfriend last year in Fair Grove. Her daughter, Cami Cupp says she was a victim of domestic violence.
Cupp was McDaris' only child. She says didn't approve of her mother's relationship with Ellman Long.
He's charged with second degree murder for shooting McDaris' in the head. He told police that he feared for his life.
Cupp says her mother was the one who was being abused.
"We lost a lot when we lost her," she says.
Cupp is trying her best to live without her mother.
"We'll never see my mom again. She was taken away so, so early," she says. "Domestic violence isn't always physical."
The couple dated for just a few months. The relationship seemed odd to Cupp. Long is in his 70's. Her mother was nearly 20 years younger.
"You can be controlled. You can be manipulated kept from your family and loved ones and too scared to tell your friends," explains Cupp.
She says friends and family tried talking to her mother about it.
Cupp says, "She brushed it off. She defended him. Knowing what I know now I wish I had done something."
She says the signs of abuse are more apparent to her now.
"This is where the deceit of a manipulator comes into play. He shook my hand, told me how special my mom was and that we all needed to get together. You know, really put it in my head, maybe he's not such a bad guy and I should give him a chance. That was three days before this happened. Whenever you decide to abuse somebody you affect the whole family. He did it on my birthday," explains Cupp.
She says has some regrets.
"To have to look back and say, man, I wish I had done everything I could, it's hard to do. There's a lot of guilt that you live with everyday. I really shut her out towards the end over it all. I wish I could have told her I love her," she says.
She says she should have trusted her instincts.
"Nobody saw it coming. We wanted to believe her that he was as good of a guy as she said he was," says Cupp.
She is working to bring awareness to domestic violence and plans on working with support groups in the community.
"It's time that we break open those doors. We get it out in the public and we show them we won't stand for this," she says.
Long's trial was supposed to start at the end of October. It's been pushed back to next spring.
He'll be 72 years-old by the time he's in front of a jury.
Meanwhile, Long is in the Greene County Jail on $150,000.